Enchanting Bhutan Tour
Enchanting Bhutan Tour is the package of 8 days which traverses through the important landmarks and reaches the Gangtey Valley. The tour includes the refreshing hike to the spectacular Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a vertical cliff. Bhutan Gangtery Trongsa Tour travels to colorful Paro, tiny capital Thimphu, fertile valley Punakha, glacial valley Phobjikha, beautiful Gangtey, eastern region Trongsa, and finally ends back at Paro. The overall tour explores rural Bhutan and its religious and historical past.
Trip Name: Enchanting Bhutan Tour
Trip Duration: 08 Days
Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,240 ft (The Tiger Nest Monastery)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour
• Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
• Explore the tiny town of Paro exploding with colors and tradition.
• Discover the tiny capital Thimphu.
• Visit Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan.
• Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan.
• Hike to Chime Lhakhang- the divine madman’s temple.
• Explore alluring Gangtey Valley.
• Visit Trongsa Monastery- the largest Dzong fortress in Bhutan.
• Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyles.
What to Expect?
Enchanting Bhutan Tour starts from Paro goes around Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Trongsa, Wangdue, Haa Valley and ends at Paro. During this excursion the tour visits the famous places like Taktsang Monastery, Chimmi Lhakhang, Trongsa Dzong, Gangtey Monastery, Dochula Pass, Rinpung Dzong and many other religious and historic places.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m) and transfer to Thimphu (2350m)
Arrive in Paro with Bhutan’s national carrier flying across the world’s highest mountains and begin your Bhutan Highlights Tour. Meet our representative and Bhutanese guide and transfer to Paro for Lunch. After lunch pay visit to the beautiful Rinpung Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. The Dzong still continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. Afterwards, drive towards Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m)
After breakfast continue your Thimphu sightseeing tour. Pay visit to National Memorial Chorten built in honor of third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ; Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; Folk heritage Museum which is dedicated to the Bhutanese rural past with its exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households; Textile Museum. Later drive towards Punakha for about 1 and half hour passing across Dochula Pass (3,050m) which offers the spectacular view of eastern Himalayas. Now the road descends along a series of hairpin bends and finally reaches the fertile valley of Punakha. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Punakha-Gangtey (2320m)
Enjoying the Enchanting Bhutan Tour, early in the morning after breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, over a high pass down into the Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Monastery, an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism and one of the most revered religious sites of Bhutan. Later, drive for an hour through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Gangtey-Trongsa(2200m)
Drive to the Pele la Pass and enter the traditional eastern region. Then the road gradually drops passing through Kgebji village, Sephu village, Chendebji village followed by large Chendebji Chorten. Now the road passes through farms, villages and reaches the Trongsa Dzong. Visit Trongsa Dzong which is the largest and most impressive Dzong in Bhutan built in 1644 by the Shabdrung. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Trongsa-Wangdue (1310m)
Early in the morning after breakfast, drive for about 6 hours re-tracing the same route back to Trongsa. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong in Wangdue is an ancient fort atop hill built in 1638 located at the confluence of two rivers and originally meant to protect the southern invasion. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Wangdue – Haa Valley(3050m) – Paro (2250m)
On the sixth day of Enchanting Bhutan Tour, after breakfast, drive over Chele La Pass (3899m) and then continue the drive towards Haa, one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forest and tranquil mountain peaks. Visit Wangchuckli Dzong dating back to 1915 and Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple), and Lhakhang Karpo in Haa. Afterwards, drive back to Paro. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Early in the morning after breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang and then commence the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. The hike continues for about two hours and reach cafeteria which offers the spectacular view of monastery, where Guru padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Pay visit to Taktsang Monastery which provides the mesmerizing view of Paro Valley. Afterwards, hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Also visit Rinpung Dzong which continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. Later drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Departure
Your Enchanting Bhutan Tour terminates today, after breakfast, drive towards the international terminal, board the flight and bid farewell to remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom.
• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.